First Day at Camp
I love it! I'd be perfectly happy to just stay here all year. This bed is more comfortable than at home. The food is a little strange. When I get home I'll be begging for eggplant and rice!
The people here are so nice (everybody). But I feel really stupid--everybody speaks Chinese (except Marcelle, Julia, and me). I wish I was Chinese or at least spoke Chinese. We sit in a circle every night in full lotus and recite Gwan Yin's mantra (it's like a prayer). I almost have it memorized!
ps/I have to polish up on my full lotus
This will have to be short because I'm reading a great book! Today we went to school. Maya, Karen, and Lillian are my teachers. We have Ecology, Writing, and Drama. Perfect! I'm definitely coming back next summer for the whole 4 weeks, Please!
There are young kids here, too, so I'm Melissa's "Big Sister" (she's 7 and so cute). Tomorrow I have Chinese Calligraphy after school! Everybody is so nice and friendly, but my best friends are Kitty, Bonnie, Marie, Stacey, and Chloe! They all speak Chinese but Chloe. It's very interesting! Kitty and I were washing snack cups and I turned on the water and off fell the faucet!
Water went up in the air 3 feet! Ha, ha!
3rd Day at camp
I'm definitely staying all 4 weeks. I'm getting used to the food and it's pretty good. I went to Chinese Calligraphy and I was AWFUL. Even the nun laughed at me, but it was fun. I have been wearing my headgear, but putting it on when they turn off the lights at 10:30, and taking it off before they wake. So far no one knows I turn into an alien when I go to sleep! Ha. My full lotus doesn't hurt at all now, but when I get home I want to learn the Great Compassion Mantra.
4th day at camp
I didn't want to write at all because I want to read but I want to get credit for it so....Today was fun like always. Shr fu lectured. Dad took me out for ice cream. We went for a long walk in Ecology and Shari said "You come back and volunteer when you are in High School," so that way I'll be sure to get a job as a "counselor" when I graduate! Our Tai Chi teacher is 72 and everybody got to punch him in the stomach and he just laughed! We have Tai Chi every other day for 1/2 hour to an hour.
This is in the Dark. Wait, I just turned on a flashlight. Tonight (all day) was Miranda's Birthday and I tucked in all the little girls—even Marcelle, and then I was too busy talking to Marie to write and then it was lights out, and I couldn't go to sleep so I'm writing my journal now. In the morning I'll do letters. I haven't finished any yet so I'll get them in the mail tomorrow. Shari was surprised that I had seen
Diet for a New America, that's what we saw for a movie tonight! Actually, I am getting tired. We have breakfast at 7:00 and we have to be dressed for school, so....
It's July 3rd and we went to see the fireworks (I'm not sure why a day early, but it was fun). Jean was scared of the noise when we got there, but as long as she was holding my hand she thought it was great. Today we had a picnic outside and then ceramics. I love it. Dharma Master Shih came and told stories, (I can tell you them if you want). Sorry so short but I have to go to sleep.
We scrubbed and scrubbed the dorm until it Shined. Then we went out for pizza and Marcelle put hot pepper in Kitty's Sprite! Then Shari bought white T-shirts for Tie-Dye class tomorrow. Ceremony seemingly gets shorter every night. We watched "My Fair Lady," it was pretty good (But Very Old Fashioned).
ps/ I still love it!
We went swimming!!! (At Shari's Grandma's pool, also Marcelle's Grandma's pool) I didn't know Marcelle and Shari were cousins.
I have terrible news. Only 3 more days till I leave. I don't want to go back. I like it so much here--so much.
Jean has 30 mosquito bites! Melissa has a fever! We woke up at 4:30 to say goodbye to Berling (She's going to a job (to earn) for money for college), anyway I'm exhausted. Goodnight.
I have got to learn Chinese! Definitely! We went plum picking today! I climbed up the trees and threw the plums down in buckets—like a monkey! (and in my school clothes). I have to leave in two days. Tomorrow is my last day of school. Marie said it's better to joke about it so she doesn't break down and cry! Ha, ho!
Please let me come back next year!
The Last Day.
I wish I could stay, but I guess horse (equestrian) camp will be fun, too. They sang "For she's a jolly good fellow." We had sparkling cider, toast, and a lot of cookies for the road! Speaking of cookies, Dad brought 3 giant bags of cookies + 2 gallons of apple juice for snack! Ha, ha!
I have a big molar coming in. Ouch! Bonnie + Marie left millions of notes in my dresser "Please don't leave us! etc." You'll see! We all wore purple T-shirts, jeans, and ponytails to Ceremony.